Just a few weeks until election day and getting that ballot with wordy- issues and levies can be confusing. In Ohio, State Issue 2 can be one of those taking up nearly a whole page in description.
The issue is about the way congressional and state legislative district lines are drawn. Currently elected representatives draw the lines with some opposers saying those lines aren't fairly drawn.
So a vote YES on Issue two would be in favor of a state-funded commission who would draw those district lines.
If passed the new commission would consist of 12 members including members of each political party.
State Issue 2
To create a state-funded commission to draw legislative and congressional districts
Proposed Constitutional Amendment
Proposed by Initiative Petition
To add and repeal language in Sections 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 and 13 of Article XI,
repeal Sections 8 and 14 of Article XI, and add a new Section 16 to Article XI
of the Constitution of the State of Ohio
A majority yes vote is necessary for the amendment to pass.
The proposed amendment would:
1. Remove the authority of elected representatives and grant new authority to appointed
officials to establish congressional and state legislative district lines.
2. Create a state funded commission of appointed officials from a limited pool of applicants
to replace the aforementioned. The Commission will consist of 12 members as follows:
four affiliated with the largest political party, four affiliated with the second largest
political party and four not affiliated with either of the two largest political parties.
Affirmative votes of 7 of 12 members are needed to select a plan.
3. Require new legislative and congressional districts be immediately established by the
Commission to replace the most recent districts adopted by elected representatives, which
districts shall not be challenged except by court order until the next federal decennial
census and apportionment. In the event the Commission is not able to determine a plan by
October 1, the Ohio Supreme Court would need to adopt a plan from all the plans
submitted to the Commission.
4. Change the standards and requirements in the Constitution for drawing legislative and
5. Mandate the General Assembly to appropriate all funds as determined by the
Commission including, but not be limited to, compensating:
3. Legal counsel
4. Commission members
If approved, the amendment will be effective thirty days after the election.
For more information on the election, issues, candidates and the ballot visit: http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/washington/cands.htm